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DRAGONCHILDE
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Posts: 9,588
5/16/12 9:26 P

I know it doesn't sound intuitive, but eating fewer calories than your plan recommends will not necessarily result in faster weight loss:

www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=58


The plans here are calculated based on sound scientific principle, and when you go another direction, things can end up not working out quite as well!



SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 55,546
5/16/12 6:31 P

I would give it a little more time to see how things go, but you should consider bumping your calories up to at least the minimum that your SP program suggests.

Coach Jen



ANGIE8975
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5/16/12 5:25 P

i don't really know how many calories is too low for me I try to stay around 1500 calories per day



ABBYCOOKS
Posts: 11
5/16/12 5:05 P

Even on The Biggest Loser, contestants have weeks (and I've heard that sometimes those weeks were more like 10 days) where they lose very little, maintain or gain. One of the biggest surprises I've discovered losing weight is that it does not come off linearly but in seemingly random chunks. I weigh every day and when I lose one pound in a week, it often comes off one swoop. The other 6-10 days, I'm maintaining. So don't give up hope and congrats on your 6 pounds!



DOOKIEDAWL
Posts: 9
5/16/12 3:14 P

Hi Jen,

My range is 1990-2340. My burned calories reflect the totals I get from my body bug armband, which does include the additional exercise I am getting 4-5 times a week.



DOOKIEDAWL
Posts: 9
5/16/12 3:09 P

Thanks, Anarie. I guess I am just being impatient. I need to rememeber that this is not The Biggest Loser :) I take solace knowing that I am still doing good things and making lasting changes, which will pay off eventually. Thanks for that added perspective!

Edited by: DOOKIEDAWL at: 5/16/2012 (15:14)


SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 55,546
5/16/12 2:04 P

Anarie has given you some great advice. What is your SP recommended calorie range? Does your calories burned goal reflect the amount of exercise you are doing?

Coach Jen



ANARIE
Posts: 12,387
5/16/12 12:49 P

You've lost 6 pounds in less than 3 weeks. It doesn't matter that those pounds weren't exactly evenly spread out. Weight loss doesn't happen in a straight line. And a week is not a plateau. You measure plateaus in months, not in days.

It's WAY too early to make any changes. There are many, many things that affect your daily weigh-ins that have nothing to do with food or exercise. A woman can't know how a weight control plan is working until she's been doing it for at least 56 days, and you always need to look at weight changes in 28-day intervals.

And there's no way that 1800 calories could be too few. "Starvation mode" is actually about nutrients, not calories per se, and if you're using your 1800 calories well, without any empty calories, it's very unlikely that you could end up with deficiencies. Even if you were missing out on something, it wouldn't show up this quickly.

Just remember, you've lost 6 pounds in 19 days. That's a very rapid rate of weight loss. It doesn't have to be (and won't be) distributed exactly evenly among the days and weeks.



DOOKIEDAWL
Posts: 9
5/16/12 11:56 A

I am a 320 LB female at 5'11". I have recently purchased a bodybugg and have found it VERY useful in tracking my calorie expendatures. I averaged a 1200 calorie deficit for the first 9 days I had it and lost 6 pounds. I am on my 3rd week now and have NOT lost another pound for 10 days, despite having upped my average calorie deficit to about 1500 daily. I am wondering if I am consuming too few calories. I average a daily intake of calories around 1800. Please advise if I need to consume more, because I feel like I am way too early into this new routine to have hit a plateau. Thanks for any suggestions :)



 
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